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Monday, November 14, 2016

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Alert: Dallin Hawkins Files Chapter 7
   27+ Creditors to be Named
Position Wanted – Operations
  Work Remotely or Relocate for Right Opportunity
Top Stories: November 8 - November 10
  (Opened Most by Readers)
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
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Is it Legal to do Background Checks?
Career Crossroads---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII
Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLFP
  Why Lease 4th Quarter, 2016
Next Academy for Lease & Finance Professionals
  February 23, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN
A Webinar is Difference than a Webcast
Labrador Retriever Mix
St. Louis, Missouri   Adopt-a-Dog
Attorneys Who Specialize in
Banking, Finance, and Leasing
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Finance Execs Predict Higher Tech Spending
  54% Implementing Cloud Based Services
SunTrust Pursues Tech Edge in Commercial Banking
  Now Live with NCino's Bank Operating System
Toyota Agrees to $3.4 Billion Settlement in Corrosion Case 
   Federal Class Action Suit

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Alert: Dallin Hawkins Files Chapter 7
27+ Creditors to be Named


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The day Dallin Brad Hawkins, Integrity Financial Groups, Utah, was notified he lost his counter claim against returning a $50,000 deposit (started in 2012), he filed a petition for Chapter 7 (1).  At the time, no creditors were named. He estimated in the filing there are 50-99 creditors and states his personal assets are $0-$50,000 and liabilities $50,000 to $100,000; paying his attorney for legal services: $2,035.00 (A).

"Date filed: 10/31/2016
341 meeting: 11/22/2016 2:30 pm
Deadline for objecting to discharge: 01/23/2017"

"Meeting of Creditors & Notice of Appointment of Interim Trustee George B. Hofmann tr., IV with 341(a) meeting to be held on 11/22/2016 at 405 South Main Objections for Discharge due by 01/23/2017. (EOD: 10/31/2016)"

The court issued: "DEFICIENCY NOTICE. MISSING PAPERS REQUIRED TO BE FILED: List of Creditors. Declaration/Schedules Signatures, Chapter 7 Statement of Your Current Monthly Income, Statement of Financial Affairs and Schedules, Summary of Assets and Liabilities, Incomplete Filings due by 11/14/2016. (mkz) (EOD: 11/01/2016.) (B)

Filing of Certificate of Notice (C)

Paul Jacobellis, Portland, Oregon, broker who presented Good, Inc, Centralia, Washington, filed the complaint in the hopes of getting his client's deposit back. He felt guilty for recommending Integrity, as he was his understanding that Hawkins was a lender, but found out later he was a broker, after the underwriting deposit had been wired to Hawkins. The Integrity Finance Groups’ proposal was signed August 1, 2012. (1)

Jacobellis pursued getting the money back for his client for a transaction that never happened and assisted throughout a trial and following. A Default Judgement was rendered in Clark County, Washington for $53,842.88 on April 4, 2013.

To sum it up, Hawkins was arrested several times for drunk driving and/or possession or use of a controlled substance, the latest February 9, 2016 (2) and then on parole. He contested the judgement. The judge on the case dismissed the defendant’s order to vacate the default judgment for improper service on Monday, October 31, 2016, after arguments, keeping the original default order of judgment in place against the defendant. Hawkins’ counsel was requested to respond to the supplemental order and provide a payment proposal or to be hauled into court for a debtor exam.

Hawkins recently has improved his website with testimonials (3), hired a public press release service to promote his articles on leasing (which it has several appearing in Google News as well as LinkedIn, particularly the Equipment Leasing Professional Group), and he is advertising on


A - Chapter 7 Voluntary Petition (9 pages)

B - Deficiency Notice (2 pages)

C- Filing of Certificate of Notice  (4 pages)

  1. Original Complaint
  2.  Feb. 9, 2016 Record

He has many other arrests in California and Utah, as well as Bulletin Board Complaints:
June 28, 2013 arrest
Arrested June 3, 2013
Arrested February 9, 2012
Orange County, California
Bulletin Board Complaints
Integrity Financial Groups, Murray, Utah
Integrity Financial Groups, Murray, Utah
Integrity Financial Groups, Murray, Utah
Dallin Hawkins Second Arrest within 25 days
Integrity Financial Groups, Murray, Utah

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Top Stories: November 8 - November 10
(Opened Most by Readers)

(1) Christopher J. DiBello Passes Away
      Active in Leasing Northeast

(2) November 10, 1995 - Pictures from the Past
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(3) Funders Looking for New Broker Business

(4) New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
      and Related Industries

(5) Top Ten Leasing Company Websites in North America

(6) “Bank Leasing Companies”

(7) Since I need a Loan, I'm a Bad Credit Risk

(8) Alternate Financing Websites
           Top 12

(9) LeaseQ Automates Truck Financing with TruckQ
             "Including Finance and Insurance”

(10) Wells Fargo's Stars Climbed While Abuses
      Flourished Beneath Them





Is it Legal to do Background Checks?
Career Crossroads---By Emily Fitzpatrick/RII

(Note: Emily Fitzpatrick welcomes your questions, and will keep it confidential, meaning not mentioning your name. Editor)

Question: Is it legal/the norm for companies to conduct background checks?

Answer: Absolutely! 95% of companies conduct formal background checks to look at credit history, criminal history, school and college verification, perhaps even a driver's license if required to travel on company business.

Every bank we have worked with requires this before any formal offer is given and about 90% of our independent Clients require this as well. The potential employer must have your written authorization to conduct this background check; often they will send or email forms for your review and signature. In addition they will conduct reference checks and drug screening. Do yourself a favor and be proactive before ever starting your career search … see below.

In most hiring processes, you must fill out a formal application for employment which includes questions. You may indicate or would like to discuss or minor glitch but do not go into TOO much detail. Make sure during your interview process you are upfront with credit history or any blips in your past … often, they can work around it. HOWEVER, if you “hide” anything that would show up in your check, they will dismiss the Candidate all together. This happened once to us, not because of the glitch in his past, but because he was not honest and upfront about it.

One thing I would strongly recommend is conducting your own background check on yourself (there are many services that charge a small fee) and of course check your credit scores (everyone should receive 1 FREE from each of the bureaus once per year). By doing this, you will know what you are dealing with AND maybe can correct the situation. I would recommend doing these 6-12 months prior to any potential career search, so if there are issues you can take care of them right away (e.g. expunging/sealing of minor infraction records, incorrect credit issues, etc.) Note: BANKS take credit scores very seriously as you are working in the financial world.

You might even try to hire an attorney / consultant in expediting the process, as they routinely do such investigations for cases they are involved in.
If you are concerned about this, you are doing yourself a favor by taking this extra step and paying nominal fees. It will help you in your current and future career endeavors. 

Emily Fitzpatrick
Sr. Recruiter
Recruiters International, Inc.
Phone:  954-885-9241
Cell:  954-612-0567
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Leasing 102 by Mr. Terry Winders, CLFP

Why Lease 4th Quarter, 2016

The small ticket market is getting much faster with approvals as software programs have become quite sophisticated, they claim. Some like TimePayment can do it is in five seconds ($500 to $15,000) and Financial Pacific also, is almost as fast on leases up to $100,000. 4HourFunding not only approves in four hours, but also pays the vendor on line. Their transactions are all Equipment Finance Agreements, growing more popular because less paperwork is involved.

The middle market and above, composed primarily of larger corporations, is becoming more cautious. They continue to conserve cash. Leasing may become more attractive to this marketplace, not less.

We should remember the old days when leasing was of interest because we offered no down payment financing, except the first payment. Often it could be 30 to 60 days delayed, too. In addition, we tried to match the lease payments to the lessee’s cash flow or tax needs. To do this we needed to offer a true lease. There are several companies, such as ATEL Capital in San Francisco, growing their portfolio and pleasing their investors using “true leases.”

One of the requirements of a legal or tax lease is a purchase option that is not considered a bargain or was equal to, or greater than, the reasonably predictable fair market value (FMV) of the equipment at lease termination.

One of the challenges was how to sell a FMV lease to a lessee that was afraid you would hold them up with the sale price at termination. This caused more than one leasing company to offer side letters with a fixed price, telling the lessee to hide the side letter if a tax audit was coming. You should understand that this is tax fraud and there are serious consequences if discovered.  Some companies show the form but when the lease is funded, the lessee does not have a signed copy and often pays a higher price than expected.

Most of the problems developed because many lessors refused to consider proper residuals. With the movement back to true leasing, residuals will be required. Residuals will require a few procedures to support the lessor’s position. The first has always been a complete description of the leased equipment. The second is to determine the lessee’s use of the equipment.

Now, a new attachment to the acceptance agreement is a document called a “use and maintenance” agreement where the use is described and additional rent is required, if the use exceeds the agreed upon maximum use or is returned in poor condition.

The lessee cannot be expected to have to return the equipment in like new condition because it is expected to be used. However the tax and legal requirements require the term of the lease not to exceed 80% of the equipment’s useful life so the use and maintenance agreement reinforces the lease’s determination to have the equipment returned in good condition and have at least 20% useful life remaining. Its main purpose is to protect the lessor’s residual position. This should limit the real residual risk to the change in the future value of the equipment.

One of the reasons to lease in the future is the ability to offer short terms on equipment that usually leased over longer terms. An example is equipment that has a MACRS depreciation term of five years that is leased over three years to increase the tax write off by expensing the rent instead of taking MACRS depreciation and interest. This requires a FMV purchase option, or no purchase option, and the assumption of a proper residual protected by a use and maintenance agreement.

There will be additional changes in leasing as we determine how to meet the lessees’ needs in the future while we will need stay positive and adapt to those changes. Companies with cash are in the position to offer true leases to their customers while companies who want to conserve their cash will also look toward leasing. The positive implications also stand a good chance as influencing small ticket leasing, even when it is treated as a capital lease. It’s the sizzle, and it hasn’t left the great marketing sales pitch of why lease.

Especially in the 4thy quarter of the year where Section 179 tax advantages are available for equipment delivered this year!!!

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February 23, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN


The Next Academy for Leasing and Finance Professionals will be held Thursday, February 23, 2017 and end Saturday, February 25, 2017, Minneapolis, Minnesota. The three-day event designed to fully prepare an individual to sit for the Certified Leasing and Finance Professional exam, assuming the attendee has already self-studied. During the first two days, all of the required sections of the CLFP exam are covered in-depth and on the third day, the exam is offered, but not mandatory.

Students are strongly advised to have read and studied The Certified Lease & Finance Professionals' Handbook prior to attending the class in order to ensure success

The cost to attend the class is $600 and the cost of the exam is $695.  When purchased together, the total is discounted to $1250. Current CLFPs are offered a discounted price of $395 and class attendance satisfies the Recertification requirement.

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A Webinar is a virtual meeting conducted using the Internet and phone lines. The visual portion of the meeting is viewed on the participants' PCs and the audio portion is heard over the phone using a teleconferencing service. A Webinar can be small with only a couple of participants or large with hundreds of participants.

Short for a Web-based seminar, a Webinar can also be an online presentation, lecture, or workshop. The main feature of a Webinar is its interactive elements, in other words, the ability to give, receive and discuss information during the Webinar. As opposed to a Webcast, in which the data transmission is one way and does not allow interaction between the presenter and the audience, a Webinar enables people from locations all over the world to participate.

A Webinar is primarily a marketing and sales tool that allows users to log in to the Internet and view either a PowerPoint presentation or an actual demonstration of a product while listening to the presenter via a conference call line. There are a variety of software programs you can use, including Microsoft Office Live Meeting, or proprietary services by other companies.

A Webcast is the act of using the Internet to broadcast live or delayed audio and/or video transmissions. Similar to traditional television and radio broadcasts, a webcast is a one-way recording of a taped presentation. For example, a university may offer online courses in which the instructor offers a series of webcasts, (pre-recorded or live lectures).



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Attorneys Who Specialize in
Banking, Finance, and Leasing

Birmingham, Alabama
The lawyers of Marks & Associates, P.C. have over 30 years experience in dealing with virtually every type of equipment financing and are recognized throughout the industry for prompt, practical solutions and exemplary service. They offer cost-conscious, effective lease enforcement and good counsel. 
California, National: city: Riverside 
Ellen Stern - get results, reasonable pricing; numerous industry contacts, nearly 30 yrs SoCal, 20 yrs equip.: CFL license specialist, documentation, work-outs, litigated collections, recoveries; deal-maker. 

Kenneth C. Greene

Leasing and Financial consultant, active in several leasing
associations, as well as involved in music and film production inLA.  Mention "Leasing News" for a free consultation.
Skype: 424.235.1658
Connecticut, Southern New England: 
EVANS, FELDMAN & BOYER, LLC Collections, litigation, documentation, portfolio sales and financing, bankruptcy. We represent many of the national and local leasing companies doing business in this state. Past chairman EAEL legal committee. Competitive rates. 
Los Angeles/Santa Monica
Hemar & Associates, Attorneys at Law
Specialists in legal assistance, including debt collection, equipment recovery, litigation for 35 years. Fluent in Spanish. 
Tel: 310-829-1948 
Los Angeles, Southern CA 
Seasoned attorney representing secured creditors in auto finance and truck/equipment lease industry.  Bankruptcy and State Court litigation.   Vincent V. Frounjian (818) 990-0605or email:

Encino, California: Statewide “ELFA” 
Hemar, Rousso & Heald, LLP 30 yr excellent reputation Lessor representation commercial litigationdebt collection, and bankruptcy.
Call Stephen E. Jenkins Esq (818) 501-3800

Los Angeles, Statewide: CA.     "ELFA" Aggressive creditors rights law firm specializing in equipment leasing handling collection matters on a contingency, fixed fee or hourly cbasis. 

Los Angeles, Statewide: CA      "ELFA"
Practice limited to collections, bankruptcy and problem accounts resolution. Decades of experience. 10-lawyer firm dedicated to serving you. Call Ronald Cohn, Esq. (818)591-2121 or email. Email:   

Los Angeles- Statewide, CA
Lawyer specializing in banking and leasing issues statewide. Documents and litigation. 
Tom McCurnin, Barton, Klugman & Oetting. Voice: (213) 617-6129 
Cell:(213) 268-8291

California & National

Paul Bent – More than 35 years experience in all forms of equipment leasing, secured lending, and asset based transactions. Financial analysis, deal structuring, contract negotiations, documentation, private dispute resolution, expert witness services. 
(562) 426-1000

Kevin E. Trabaris: Concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial finance, corporate and business transactions. Extensive experience representing banks, financial companies, equipment lessors, insurers and other funding and intermediary entities and borrowers in connection with thousands of business financing matters. He has handled everything from small ticket transactions to billion dollar syndicated loans, real estate financing to asset-based facilities.
Work: 312.667.1354
Cell: 847.840.4687

Law Firm - Service, Dallas, TX. "ELFA"
Mayer regularly practices in leasing, secured financing, project development and finance and corporate finance. 
Massachusetts (collection/litigation coast to coast) 
Modern Law Group focuses its practice on collections, lease enforcement and asset recovery. For the past five years, our attorneys have helped clients recover millions of dollars. We are able to cover your needs coast to coast.

Michael J. Witt, experienced bank, finance, and leasing attorney, also conducts Portfolio Audits. Previously he was Managing Counsel, Wells Fargo & Co. (May, 2003 – September, 2008); Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Advanta Business Services (May, 1988 – June, 1997) Tel: (515) 223-2352 Cell: (515) 868-1067 

National:  The OMEGA Network Group-nationwide legal representation of small and mid ticket equipment lessors-flat fee bankruptcy & replevin, contingent collection, 
billable litigation (704-969-3280)

National: Coston & Rademacher: Business attorneys serving the lease-finance industry since 1980. Transactional, documentation, corporate/finance, workouts, litigation, bankruptcy, portfolio management. Chicago-based national practice. Jim Coston, CLP (Members: ELFA, NEFA). 

St. Louis County , MO. - statewide: 
Schultz & Associates LLP., collections, negotiation, and litigation. Also register and pursue recovery on foreign judgments. Contingency and reasonable hourly rates. 
Ronald J. Eisenberg, Esq.
(636) 537-4645 x108
NJ, De, Pa: Specializing in leased equipment/secured transactions. Collections, replevins/workouts reasonable rates. Sergio Scuteri/Capehart & Scratchard, /
New York and New Jersey

Frank Peretore
Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi
West Orange, New Jersey
Phone 973-530-2058
 Documentation, portfolio purchase & sale, replevin, workouts, litigation, collection, bankruptcy. Aggressive. Over 30 years experience.

Thousand Oaks, California: 
Statewide coverage Spiwak & Iezza, LLP 20+ years experience,Representing Lessors banks in both State/ Federal Courts/ all aspects of commercial leasing litigation.
Nick Iezza 805-777-1175


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American Football Poem

Taking the Snap

I take the snap from the center, fake to the right, fade back...
I've got protection. I've got a receiver open downfield...
What the hell is this? This isn't a football, it's a shoe, a man's
brown leather oxford. A cousin to a football maybe, the same
skin, but not the same, a thing made for the earth, not the air.
I realize that this is a world where anything is possible and I
understand, also, that one often has to make do with what one
has. I have eaten pancakes, for instance, with that clear corn
syrup on them because there was no maple syrup and they
weren't very good. Well, anyway, this is different. (My man
downfield is waving his arms.) One has certain responsibilities,
one has to make choices. This isn't right and I'm not going
to throw it.

Louis Jenkins




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NFL mulls the future of the gridiron

Report: NFL against Las Vegas, wants to keep Raiders in Oakland

Irony in Jed York battling to build cabana at his house is too much

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The Bay Bridge turned 80 on Saturday

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“Gimme that Wine”

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Jerry Lohr Becomes the Third Person in the History
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Rupert Murdoch owns a lot of things, including this vineyard in Bel-Air

The Porto Wine Brotherhood

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This Day in American History

    1732 - The Library Company of Philadelphia signed a contract with its first librarian, Louis Timothee. Founded by Benjamin Franklin and friends in November 1731, the library enrolled members for a fee of 40 shillings but had to wait for its books to arrive from England before beginning full operations.      
    1765 – Birthday of Robert Fulton (d. 1815), inventor of the steamboat, in Little Britain, PA. 
    1784 - Samuel Seabury, 55, was consecrated Bishop of Connecticut and Rhode Island, the first bishop of the American Protestant Episcopal Church, and the first Anglican bishop in America.
    1792 - Captain George Vancouver is the first Englishman to enter San Francisco Bay.    
    1803 - American author Jacob Abbott (d. 1879) was born at Hallowell, Maine.  Abbott wrote the first fictional series for children, introducing many of the key types and techniques of series books, popularizing the genre virtually single-handedly, and wrote some of the earliest American juveniles deserving of the term "children's literature."
    1832 - The first horse car (a streetcar drawn by horses) was displayed in New York City. The vehicle had room for 30 people in three compartments. The new service traveled Fourth Avenue between Prince and Fourteenth Streets and the fare was 12 cents.
    1851 - “Call me Ishmael. Some years ago -- never mind how long precisely -- having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world...” Thus begins Herman Melville’s book "Moby Dick” or “The Whale," which was first published in New York City by Harper & Brothers on this day. The complex, but rousing sea story tells the tale of a sea captain’s search for Moby Dick, the great white whale that had once crippled him. The story is told by sailor-narrator Ishmael. Through the pages of "Moby Dick," we meet Ishmael’s bunkmate, Queequeg, a whale harpooner from Polynesia; learn everything there is to know about whaling in the nineteenth century; and, of course, about Captain Ahab and his obsession with Moby Dick.  In 1846, Melville published his first novel, “Typee,” based on his Polynesian adventures. His second book, “Omoo” (1847), also dealt with the South Seas. The two novels became popular, although his third, “Mardi” (1849), more experimental in nature, failed to catch on with the public. Melville bought a farm near Nathaniel Hawthorne's house in Massachusetts, and the two became close friends, although they later drifted apart. Melville wrote for journals and continued to publish novels. “Moby Dick” was coolly received, but his short stories were highly acclaimed. Putnam's Monthly published "Bartleby the Scrivener" in 1853 and "Benito Cereno" in 1855. In 1866, Melville won appointment as a customs inspector in New York, which brought him a stable income. He published several volumes of poetry. He continued to write until his death in 1891, and his last novel, “Billy Budd,” was not published until 1924. 
    1861 - Historian Frederick Jackson Turner (d. 1932), “The Frontier in American History” born at Portage, Wisconsin.
    1862 - President Abraham Lincoln approved General Ambrose Burnside’s plan to capture the Confederate capital at Richmond, leading to the Battle of Fredericksburg.  This plan led to a humiliating and costly Union defeat on December 13. His advance upon Fredericksburg was rapid, but planning on marshaling pontoon bridges for crossing the Rappahannock and his own reluctance to deploy portions of his army across fording points later delayed the attack. This allowed Gen. Lee to concentrate along Marye's Heights just west of town and easily repulse the Union attacks.
    1882 - Gunslinger Franklin "Buckskin" Leslie shoots Billy "The Kid" Claiborne dead in the streets of Tombstone, Arizona. (The name of one of Aaron Copland’s work, whose birthday is today-1900).  The town of Tombstone is best known today as the site of the infamous shootout at the O.K. Corral. In the 1880s, however, Tombstone was home to many gunmen who never achieved the enduring fame of Wyatt Earp or Doc Holliday. Franklin "Buckskin" Leslie was one of the most notorious of these largely forgotten outlaws. There are few surviving details about Leslie's early life. The first historical evidence of Leslie's life emerges in 1877, when he became a scout in Arizona. A few years later, Leslie was attracted to the moneymaking opportunities of the booming mining town of Tombstone, where he opened the Cosmopolitan Hotel in 1880. That same year he killed a man named Mike Killeen during a quarrel over Killeen's wife, and he married the woman shortly thereafter. Leslie's reputation as a cold-blooded killer brought him trouble after his drinking companion and fellow gunman John Ringo was found dead in July, 1882. Some Tombstone citizens, including a young friend of Ringo named Billy "The Kid" Claiborne, were convinced that Leslie had murdered Ringo, though they could not prove it. Probably seeking vengeance and the notoriety that would come from shooting a famous gunslinger, Claiborne unwisely decided to publicly challenge Leslie, who shot him dead. The remainder of Leslie's life was equally violent and senseless. After divorcing Killeen in 1887, he took up with a Tombstone prostitute, whom he murdered several years later during a drunken rage. Even by the loose standards of frontier law in Tombstone, the murder of an unarmed woman was unacceptable, and Leslie served nearly 10 years in prison before he was paroled in 1896. After his release, he married again and worked a variety of odd jobs around the West. He reportedly made a small fortune in the gold fields of the Klondike region before he disappeared forever from the historical record.
    1888 – The University of Southern California played its first football game.  At this time, they were known as the Methodists.  Their all-time win-loss record, through 2015, is 793–313–54, a .706 winning percentage. A December, 1998 SPORT magazine ranking listed USC as the No. 4 all-time college football program of the 20th century. In 2009, ESPN ranked USC the second best program in college football history.  The USC Football team has been voted National Champions 11 times.  USC is second in Heisman Trophy winners at 7.
    1889 - New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) began her attempt to surpass the fictitious journey of Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg by traveling around world in less than 80 days.  She succeeded, finishing the trip in 72 days, 6 hours.    
    1896 – The power plant opens at Niagara Falls.
    1896 – Mamie Doud Eisenhower (d. 1979), former First Lady, was born in Boone, IA.
    1900 - Birthday of American composer Aaron Copland (d. 1990) at Brooklyn, NY. Incorporating American folk music and, later, the 12-tone system, he strove to create an American music style that was both popular and artistic. He composed ballets, film scores and orchestral works including “Fanfare for the Common Man” (1942), “Appalachian Spring” (1944), for which he won the Pulitzer Prize, and the score for “The Heiress” (1948), for which he won an Oscar, and “Billy the Kid.”
    1900 - Ban Johnson, president of the minor Western League, announced his intention to upgrade its status to a Major League and to change its name to the American League.  Johnson had criticized the National League for its rowdy atmosphere, which was driving away families and women.  He set about making baseball more friendly to both. Contrary to the practice of the time, Johnson gave his umpires unqualified support and had little tolerance for players or managers who failed to show them due respect.  Johnson also fined and suspended players who used foul language on the field. Soon, the Western League was recognized as not only the strongest minor league, but also as the most effectively managed league in all of baseball.   The 1900 season was an unqualified success, and Johnson received a 10-year contract extension.   In October, he withdrew the AL from the National Agreement (the formal understanding between the NL and the minor leagues). The final step came on January 28, 1901, when he declared the AL would operate as a Major League. He then placed teams in Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington.
    1903 - The first football game was played in the first football stadium, Harvard Stadium, Cambridge, MA. It was specifically built for football, made of concrete and the largest steel re-enforced concrete structure in the world at the time of construction. The stadium had a seating capacity of 40,000.
    1904 – Jazz pianist Art Hodes’ (d. 1993) birthday in Ukraine.
    1904 – Actor Dick Powell (d. 1963) was born in Mountain View, AR.  Powell was also a singer, film producer, film director and studio head. Though he came to stardom as a musical comedy performer, he showed versatility and successfully transformed into a hard-bitten leading man starring in projects of a more dramatic nature.  In the 1940s, he played detective Philip Marlowe in “Murder, My Sweet,” then took the character to radio.  Later he played “Richard Diamond, Private Detective” on the radio as well. 
    1906 - Actress Louise Brooks (d. 1985) born Cherryvale, Kansas. She is the fourth most written about actress (in terms of major magazine articles) after Clara Bow, Joan Crawford and Colleen Moore.
    1906 – President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first U.S. President to visit a foreign country (Panama).
    1908 – Sen Joseph McCarthy (d. 1957) was born in Grand Chute, WI.  The lead player in one of America’s darker moments, McCarthy was at the front of a period of Cold War tensions that fueled fears of widespread Communists and Soviet spies and sympathizers inside the United States federal government and elsewhere. Ultimately, his tactics and inability to substantiate his claims led him to be censured by the United States Senate.  He successfully ran for the United States Senate in 1946, defeating Robert LaFollette, Jr.  After three largely undistinguished years in the Senate, McCarthy rose suddenly to national fame in February, 1950 when he asserted in a speech that he had a list of "members of the Communist Party and members of a spy ring" who were employed in the State Department.  McCarthy was never able to prove his sensational charge.  With the highly publicized Army-McCarthy hearings of 1954, McCarthy's support and popularity faded. On December 2, 1954, the Senate voted to censure Senator McCarthy by a vote of 67 to 22, making him one of the few senators ever to be disciplined in this fashion. McCarthy died in Bethesda Naval Hospital on May 2, 1957, at the age of 48. The official cause of death was acute hepatitis; it is widely accepted that this was caused, or at least exacerbated, by alcoholism
    1910 – Off Norfolk, VA, an airplane takes flight from the deck of a ship.  Eugene Ely took off from a makeshift deck on the USS Birmingham in a Curtiss pusher.
    1912 – Barbara Hutton (d. 1979), an American debutante/socialite, heiress (to the Woolworth fortune), and philanthropist, was born in NYC. She was dubbed the "Poor Little Rich Girl," when she was given a lavish and expensive debutante ball in 1930, amid the Great Depression, and later due to a notoriously troubled private life.  At her death in 1979, the formerly wealthy Hutton was on the verge of bankruptcy as a result of exploitation, as well as her compulsive generosity and spendthrift ways.
    1917 - Storyville, also known as the District, New Orleans’s red-light district, a series of honky-tonks and sporting house, was shut down by the U.S. Navy.  The closing tended to drive jazz musicians out of New Orleans, up the river, including the Original Dixieland Jass Band that opened at Reisenweber’s Restaurant in New York City. In this year, the group made the first jazz recording, including “Tiger Rag,” “Barnyard Blues,” “Clarinet Marmalade,” “At the Jazz Band Ball,” and “Reisenweber Rag.”
    1919 - Birthday of Constance Frances Marie Ockleman (d. 1973), later known as Veronica Lake, in Brooklyn, N.Y. Lake began appearing in films under the name Constance Keane in 1939.  In 1941, she changed her name and was soon a major Hollywood draw, frequently starring opposite Alan Ladd in films like “This Gun for Hire” (1942), “The Glass Key” (1942), and “The Blue Dahlia” (1946). Her career took a nosedive in the late 1940s and early 1950s. She and her husband, director Andre de Toth, filed for bankruptcy.   Lake stopped acting and allegedly drank heavily. In the 1960s, a reporter discovered her working at a hotel bar in New York. She later began acting again in small roles and published an autobiography in 1969.
    1920 - Chicago Tiger Joe Guyon of the American Pro Football League punts 95 yards.  
    1927 – “Lt. Col. Henry Blake,” McLean Stevenson (d. 1996), was born in Normal, IL.  Part of the original cast of the landmark TV series “M*A*S*H,” one of the most popular comedies running that was eventually recognized as one of the top sitcoms in television history. Despite the show's success, Stevenson began chafing at playing second fiddle to the wisecracking Hawkeye (played by Alan Alda), and asked to be released from his contract during the show's third season. The show's writers reluctantly penned him an exit in the final episode of the 1974-75 season. Stevenson later admitted that leaving “M*A*S*H” was a mistake, and he was also upset by the fact that his character's death prevented him from returning to the show.  He never came close that level of recognition in subsequent mediocre series. 
    1929 – Center fielder Jimmy Piersall was born in Waterbury, CT.  He played 17 seasons in the Majors, mostly with the Boston Red Sox and he is remembered for some zany moments, resulting from a well-publicized battle with bipolar disorder that became the subject of the book and movie “Fear Strikes Out.”  During a game against the Yankees at the original Yankee Stadium, where the monuments were located in deep center field in the playing area, Piersall sat on one of them during a pitching change.  To celebrate his 100th Major League HR, while with the NY Mets, he ran around the bases backwards.  His post-playing career included broadcasting for several teams.
    1934 - Birthday of pianist Ellis Marsalis, Jr., New Orleans, LA
    1934 - Under the direction of Leopold Stokowski, who was conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Academy of Music, the symphony No. 1, known as the “Negro Folk Symphony,” composed by the African-American conductor William Levi Dawson, was presented.
    1935 - President Roosevelt proclaimed the Philippine Islands a free commonwealth. Manuel Luis Quezon was sworn in as the first Filipino president, as the Commonwealth of Philippines was inaugurated.
    1936 – Cornell Gunter (d. 1990) of The Coasters was born in Coffeyville, KS.  He was an original member of the Platters, leaving in 1957 to join The Coasters…”Yakety Yak.”  An unknown assailant gunned him down while he was in his car in Las Vegas.
    1942 - Off the coast of Guadalcanal, Japanese Admiral Tanaka turns south with his destroyers and transports and comes under heavy air attack from both Henderson Field and planes from the USS Enterprise. Seven of the transports and two warships are lost. He continues his advance throughout the night and manages to sail his remaining transports to Tassafaronga.   However, more of the Japanese troops are killed by air attack while disembarking.  Meanwhile, the second battle of Guadalcanal gets underway shortly before midnight. The Japanese covering force supporting the convoy, led by Admiral Kondo (with the battleship Kirishima, four cruisers and nine destroyers), encounters US Task Force 64, under the command of Admiral Lee (with the battleships Washington and South Dakota and four destroyers). The battle begins with damage to the South Dakota. It is forced from the battle. A seven-minute burst of fire from the USS Washington sinks the Kirishima. Control of the seas around Guadalcanal is passing to the Americans. Supply problems are mounting for the Japanese, who will now be forced to make considerable use of submarines to transport supplies. Already many of the Japanese troops are ill and hungry.
    1942 - BAUER, HAROLD WILLIAM, Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 20 November 1908. Woodruff, Kans. Appointed from: Nebraska. Citation: For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous courage as Squadron Commander of Marine Fighting Squadron 212 in the South Pacific Area during the period 10 May to 14 November 1942. Volunteering to pilot a fighter plane in defense of our positions on Guadalcanal, Lt. Col. Bauer participated in 2 air battles against enemy bombers and fighters outnumbering our force more than 2 to 1, boldly engaged the enemy and destroyed 1 Japanese bomber in the engagement of 28 September and shot down 4 enemy fighter planes in flames on 3 October, leaving a fifth smoking badly. After successfully leading 26 planes on an over-water ferry flight of more than 600 miles on 16 October, Lt. Col. Bauer, while circling to land, sighted a squadron of enemy planes attacking the U.S.S. McFarland. Undaunted by the formidable opposition and with valor above and beyond the call of duty, he engaged the entire squadron and, although alone and his fuel supply nearly exhausted, fought his plane so brilliantly that 4 of the Japanese planes were destroyed before he was forced down by lack of fuel. His intrepid fighting spirit and distinctive ability as a leader and an airman, exemplified in his splendid record of combat achievement, were vital factors in the successful operations in the South Pacific Area.
    1943 - During World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Secretary of State Cordell Hull, and all of America's top military brass, narrowly escape disaster aboard the U.S. battleship Iowa, when a live torpedo is accidentally fired at them from a U.S. destroyer.   To demonstrate to the President the defensive abilities of the Iowa, the battleship launches a series of weather balloons to use as anti-aircraft targets. Men on the nearby destroyer William D. Porter, under Captain Jesse Walker, are ordered to battle stations and begin shooting down the balloons that the Iowa had missed. Better yet, a simulated torpedo firing was ordered, and the torpedo room obliged. Unfortunately, torpedoer Lawton Dawson neglected to disarm torpedo tube #3, and an armed torpedo was fired at the Iowa. The Iowa rapidly began evasive maneuvers, as all guns were turned on the Porter. Word of the firing reached Roosevelt, who asked that his wheelchair be moved to the ship's railing so that he could watch the torpedo's approach. It exploded behind the ship's massive wake. The Porter is ordered to return to Bermuda, and Captain Walker and the entire crew are arrested by a force of Marines upon docking. President Roosevelt intervened and the ship was kidded throughout the fleet with signs saying, “Don’t Shoot, We’re Republicans.” On 10 June 1945, the Porter's hard luck finally ran out. She was sunk by a plane which had unintentionally attacked underwater. A Japanese bomber almost made entirely of wood and canvas slipped through the Navy's defense. Having little in the way of metal surfaces, the plane didn't register on radar. A fully loaded kamikaze, it was headed for a ship near the Porter, but just at the last moment veered away and crashed alongside the unlucky destroyer. There was a sigh of relief as the plane sunk out of sight, but then it blew up underneath the Porter, opening her hull in the worst possible location. Three hours later, after the last man was off board, the Captain jumped to the safety of a rescue vessel and the ship that almost changed world history slipped astern into 2400 feet of water. Not a single soul was lost in the sinking. After everything else that happened, it was almost as if the ship decided to let her crew off at the end.
    1943 - Sid Luckman of the Chicago Bears became the first professional quarterback to pass for more than 400 yards in a single game, throwing for 433 yards and seven touchdowns as the Bears walloped the New York Giants, 56-7.
    1944 - An outstanding array of musicians gathered in Hollywood to record a classic. Tommy Dorsey and orchestra made "Opus No. 1," Victor record number 20-1608. Buddy Rich was the drummer in the session, Buddy DeFranco on sax and clarinet, and Nelson Riddle played trombone on the Sy Oliver arrangement. 
    1944 - Birthday of pianist George Cables, Brooklyn, NY.
    1945 - Top Hits
“It’s Been a Long, Long Time” - The Harry James Orchestra (vocal: Kitty Kallen)
“Till the End of Time” - Perry Como
“I’ll Buy that Dream” - The Pied Pipers
“With Tears in My Eyes” - Wesley Tuttle
    1953 - Top Hits
“Ebb Tide” - The Frank Chacksfield Orchestra
“Rags to Riches” - Tony Bennett
“Many Times” - Eddie Fisher
“There Stands the Glass” - Webb Pierce
    1954 - Birthday of Condoleezza Rice, former National Security Adviser and Secretary of State to President George Bush, Birmingham, AL.
    1954 - Birthday of new age composer Yanni, born Yanni Chrysomalis, Kalamata, Greece. He made a big hit of musical CD’s sold via television commercials.
    1956 – Valerie Jarrett was born in Shiraz, Iran to American parents.  Jarrett is one of President Obama's longest serving advisers and confidantes, selected to serve as White House Senior Advisor and Presidential assistant.
    1957 - Twenty underworld kingpins stage "Crime Convention" in Apalachin, New York.  The meeting is raided by law enforcement, and these high level Mafia figures are arrested.
    1959 - The eruption of Kilauea Iki Crater (Nov 14-Dec 20, 1959) on the Big Island of Hawaii was a relatively brief event, but produced some of Kilauea’s most spectacular lava fountains of the 20th century. (The current Pu’u’O’o-Kupaianaha eruption of Kilauea began in 1983). 
    1960 - Elvis Presley's latest single, "It's Now or Never," sells 780,000 copies in the UK during its first week of release, making it the fastest-selling song in the country's history.
    1960 - Drummer Cozy Cole of "Topsy" fame is sent by the US State Department on a 20-week goodwill tour of Africa
    1960 - Ray Charles' "Georgia on My Mind" hits #1
    1960 – In New Orleans, a riot broke out in protest of racial segregation.
    1960 – OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, forms.
    1961 - Top Hits
“Big Bad John” - Jimmy Dean
“Fool #1” - Brenda Lee
“Tower of Strength” - Gene McDaniels
“Walk on By” - Leroy Van Dyke 
    1961 - The Elvis Presley film “Blue Hawaii'' premieres.
    1961 - President Kennedy increased the number of American advisors in Vietnam from 1,000 to 16,000.
    1964 - Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings set a National Hockey League record as he scored his 627th career goal in a game against Montreal.
    1964 - With the help of a fresh three inch cover of snow, the temperature at Ely, NV dipped to 15 degrees below zero to establish an all-time record low for the month of November. That record of -15 degrees was later equaled on the 19th of November in 1985.
    1965 - CAPTAIN ED W. FREEMAN, Medal of Honor.
United States Army; for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty: Captain Ed W. Freeman, United States Army, distinguished himself by numerous acts of conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary intrepidity on 14 November 1965 while serving with Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). As a flight leader and second in command of a 16-helicopter lift unit, he supported a heavily engaged American infantry battalion at Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley, Republic of Vietnam. The unit was almost out of ammunition after taking some of the heaviest casualties of the war, fighting off a relentless attack from a highly motivated, heavily armed enemy force. When the infantry commander closed the helicopter landing zone due to intense direct enemy fire, Captain Freeman risked his own life by flying his unarmed helicopter through a gauntlet of enemy fire time after time, delivering critically needed ammunition, water and medical supplies to the besieged battalion. His flights had a direct impact on the battle's outcome by providing the engaged units with timely supplies of ammunition critical to their survival, without which they would almost surely have gone down, with much greater loss of life. After medical evacuation helicopters refused to fly into the area due to intense enemy fire, Captain Freeman flew 14 separate rescue missions, providing life-saving evacuation of an estimated 30 seriously wounded soldiers -- some of whom would not have survived had he not acted. All flights were made into a small emergency landing zone within 100 to 200 meters of the defensive perimeter where heavily committed units were perilously holding off the attacking elements. Captain Freeman's selfless acts of great valor, extraordinary perseverance and intrepidity were far above and beyond the call of duty or mission and set a superb example of leadership and courage for all of his peers. Captain Freeman's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
     1965 - MARM, WALTER JOSEPH, JR., Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant (then 2d Lt.), U.S. Army, Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). place and date: Vicinity of la Drang Valley, Republic of Vietnam, 14 November 1965. Entered service at: Pittsburgh, Pa. Born: 20 November 1941, Washington, pa. G.O. No.: 7, 15 February 1967. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. As a platoon leader in the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), 1st Lt. Marm demonstrated indomitable courage during a combat operation. His company was moving through the valley to relieve a friendly unit surrounded by an enemy force of estimated regimental size. 1st Lt. Marm led his platoon through withering fire until they were finally forced to take cover. Realizing that his platoon could not hold very long, and seeing four enemy soldiers moving into his position, he moved quickly under heavy fire and annihilated all 4. Then, seeing that his platoon was receiving intense fire from a concealed machine gun, he deliberately exposed himself to draw its fire. Thus locating its position, he attempted to destroy it with an antitank weapon. Although he inflicted casualties, the weapon did not silence the enemy fire. Quickly, disregarding the intense fire directed on him and his platoon, he charged 30 meters across open ground, and hurled grenades into the enemy position, killing some of the 8 insurgents manning it. Although severely wounded, when his grenades were expended, armed with only a rifle, he continued the momentum of his assault on the position and killed the remainder of the enemy. 1st Lt. Marm's selfless actions reduced the fire on his platoon, broke the enemy assault, and rallied his unit to continue toward the accomplishment of this mission. 1st Lt. Marm's gallantry on the battlefield and his extraordinary intrepidity at the risk of his life are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.
    1965 - US government sent 90,000 soldiers to Vietnam.
    1965 - CRANDALL, BRUCE P., Medal of Honor.
Rank and Organization: Major, U.S. Army, Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). Place and dates: Ia Drang Valley, Republic of Vietnam, 14 November 1965. Place and date of birth: Olympia, Washington, 1933. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty: Major Bruce P. Crandall distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism as a Flight Commander in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). On 14 November 1965, his flight of sixteen helicopters was lifting troops for a search and destroy mission from Plei Me, Vietnam, to Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley. On the fourth troop lift, the airlift began to take enemy fire, and by the time the aircraft had refueled and returned for the next troop lift, the enemy had Landing Zone X-Ray targeted. As Major Crandall and the first eight helicopters landed to discharge troops on his fifth troop lift, his unarmed helicopter came under such intense enemy fire that the ground commander ordered the second flight of eight aircraft to abort their mission. As Major Crandall flew back to Plei Me, his base of operations, he determined that the ground commander of the besieged infantry battalion desperately needed more ammunition. Major Crandall then decided to adjust his base of operations to Artillery Firebase Falcon in order to shorten the flight distance to deliver ammunition and evacuate wounded soldiers. While medical evacuation was not his mission, he immediately sought volunteers and with complete disregard for his own personal safety, led the two aircraft to Landing Zone X-Ray. Despite the fact that the landing zone was still under relentless enemy fire, Major Crandall landed and proceeded to supervise the loading of seriously wounded soldiers aboard his aircraft. Major Crandall's voluntary decision to land under the most extreme fire instilled in the other pilots the will and spirit to continue to land their own aircraft, and in the ground forces the realization that they would be resupplied and that friendly wounded would be promptly evacuated. This greatly enhanced morale and the will to fight at a critical time. After his first medical evacuation, Major Crandall continued to fly into and out of the landing zone throughout the day and into the evening. That day he completed a total of 22 flights, most under intense enemy fire, retiring from the battlefield only after all possible service had been rendered to the Infantry battalion. His actions provided critical resupply of ammunition and evacuation of the wounded. Major Crandall's daring acts of bravery and courage in the face of an overwhelming and determined enemy are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
    1966 - Boxing’s largest indoor crowd assembled in the Houston Astrodome to see Cassius Clay defeat Cleveland Williams by a TKO in the 3d round. 
    1966 – Pitcher Curt Schilling of the bloody sock was born in Anchorage, AK.  Schilling won over 200 games in a 19-year career with several teams.  He was with the Phillies when they went to the 1993 World Series and won World Series championships in 2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and in 2004 and 2007 with the Red Sox. Schilling retired with a career postseason record of 11–2. His .846 postseason winning percentage is a Major League record among pitchers with at least 10 decisions.
    1967 - The Monkees received a gold record for "Daydream Believer." 
    1967 - Brave and reportedly well-liked Major General Bruno Arthur Hochmuth, commander of the 3rd Marine Division, was killed at Hue, Vietnam, when ground fire downed the helicopter in which he was a passenger. Two American pilots, an American crew chief, and a Vietnamese interpreter were also killed in the crash.
    1967 - American physicist Theodore Maiman is given a patent for his ruby laser systems, the world's first laser.
    1968 – Yale University announced it was becoming a co-educational institution.
    1968 – National Turn in Your Draft Card Day features draft card burning in protest of the draft for the Vietnam War.
    1969 - Apollo 12, a space milestone, was launched. This was the second manned lunar landing—in Ocean of Storms. First pinpoint landing. Astronauts Conrad, Bean and Gordon visited Surveyor 3 and took samples. Earth splashdown November 24.
    1969 - Top Hits
“Wedding Bell Blues” - The 5th Dimension
“Come Together” - The Beatles
“Baby It’s You” - Smith
“To See My Angel Cry” - Conway Twitty  
     1970 - Santana's "Black Magic Woman" is released.
    1970 – A DC-9 crashed in West Virginia, killing 75, including members of the Marshall University football team.
    1971 – Mariner 9 enters orbit around Mars.
    1972 - The Dow-Jones Index of 30 major industrial stocks topped the 1,000 mark for the first time.
    1972 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “I Can See Clearly Now,'' Johnny Nash.
    1974 - A storm produced 15 inches of snow at the Buffalo, NY, airport, and 30 inches on the south shore of Lake Erie.
    1975 - "They Just Can’t Stop It (The Games People Play)" became a gold record for the Spinners. Their other hits include "Then Came You" (with Dionne Warwicke), "Could It Be I’m Falling in Love," "The Rubberband Man," "Working My Way Back to You," "Cupid," "It’s a Shame" and "I’ll Be Around" -- for Motown. 
    1977 - Top Hits
“You Light Up My Life” - Debby Boone
“Boogie Nights” - Heatwave
“It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me” - Barry White
“More to Me” - Charley Pride
    1979 - President Carter issues an executive order freezing all Iranian assets in the United States in response to the hostage crisis.
    1981 - Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant tied the record of Amos Alonzo Stagg for most football wins. The Alabama Crimson Tide notched win #314 for Coach Bryant by beating Penn State, 31-16. 
    1981 - For the second week in a row, Daryl Hall and John Oates owned the top spot on the pop music charts with "Private Eyes.”
    1982 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: “Up Where We Belong,'' Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes. The single wins an Oscar as the theme of “An Officer and a Gentleman.”
    1984 – Astronauts aboard "Discovery" pluck a 2nd satellite from orbit  
    1985 - Top Hits
“Miami Vice Theme” - Jan Hammer
“Head over Heels” - Tears For Fears
“You Belong to the City” - Glenn Frey
“Can’t Keep a Good Man Down” – Alabama
    1986 - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced that Ivan Boesky would have to pay $100 million in fines and alleged profits to settle insider-trading charges against him. The settlement was just $6 million less than the entire S.E.C. budget for 1986. Until 1986, Ivan Boesky was one of wealthiest and most successful figures on Wall Street. But, after November 14, 1986, his name was inextricably linked with the scandal and corruption that engulfed the industry during the 1980s. After prison, Boesky divorced his wife and relocated to La Jolla, California. In contrast to Michael Milken and others involved, Boesky has largely avoided public attention since the scandal, though he has surfaced to testify in still-unresolved legal proceedings.
    1986 - An early season cold wave set more than 200 records from the northwestern U.S. to the east coast over a seven-day period. For some places it proved to be the coldest weather of the winter season.
    1986 – Doubleday Publishing sells the New York Mets to Nelson Doubleday and Fred Wilpon.  Wilpon would later acquire Doubleday’s interest.
     1987 - In an initially awkward but eventually moving live event, David Letterman convinces guest Cher to sing "I Got You Babe" just one more time with embittered ex Sonny Bono on his NBC-TV Late Night program. Both Sonny and Cher are left in tears, though no reunion is forthcoming.
    1987 - A major oldies revival crests today, when the soundtrack to the hit Patrick Swayze film “Dirty Dancing,” set in 1963 and featuring many hits of the day, rises to Number One on the Billboard charts.
    1988 - "Murphy Brown" premiered on television. The series lasted ten years. The show often blurred the lines between reality and fiction by dealing with topical issues and including real-life journalists as guest stars playing themselves. Former Vice-President Dan Quayle made a major issue about the character Murphy Brown being an un-married mother. Set in Washington, DC, the show starred Candice Bergen in the title role, as an egotistical, seasoned journalist working for the fictitious TV newsmagazine show “FYI.” Also featured were Grant Shaud as the show’s high-strung producer, Miles Silverberg (later replaced by Lily Tomlin), Faith Ford as the former Miss America, Corky Sherwood (and later Miles’ bride), Joe Regalbuto as Murphy’s neurotic friend, reporter Frank Fontana, Charles Kimbrough as FYI’s uptight anchorman, Jim Dial and Pat Corley as Phil, owner of the local watering hole. Colleen Dewhurst appeared as Murphy’s mother and Robert Pastorelli appeared as Eldin Bernecky, perfectionist housepainter and aspiring artist (he left the series for his own show). The series ended with the May 31, 1998 episode.
    1987 - The "Dirty Dancing" movie soundtrack was the number one album in the U.S. It was number one for a total of eighteen weeks. The remainder of the top-five that week: 2)-"Tunnel of Love" (Bruce Springsteen); 3)-"Bad" (Michael Jackson); 4)-"Whitesnake" (Whitesnake); 5)-"A Momentary Lapse of Reason" (Pink Floyd).
    1988 - A massive storm produced snow and gusty winds in the western U.S., with heavy snow in some of the higher elevations. Winds gusted to 66 mph at Show Low, AZ, and Donner Summit, located in the Sierra Nevada Range of California, was buried under 23 inches of snow. Heavy rain soaked parts of California, with 3.19 inches reported at Blue Canyon
    1989 - Unseasonably warm weather prevailed east of the Rockies. Temperatures reached 70 degrees as far north as New England, and readings in the 80s were reported across the southeast quarter of the nation. Nineteen cities reported record high temperatures for the date. For the second time in the month Dallas/Fort Worth, TX equaled their record for November with an afternoon high of 89 degrees. The high of 91 degrees at Waco, TX was their warmest of record for so late in the season. Heavy snow blanketed parts of Wyoming overnight, with a foot of snow reported at Cody, and ten inches at Yellowstone Park.
    1991 - American and British authorities announce indictments against two Libyan intelligence officials in connection with the downing of the Pan Am flight 103. 
    1991 - In Royal Oak, MI, a fired US Postal Service employee goes postal, shooting and killing four and wounding five before committing suicide.
    1993 - Head coach Don Shula of the Miami Dolphins won the 325th game of his career as the Dolphins defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 19-14. The victory moved Shula past George Halas as the “winningest” coach in NFL history. Shula concluded his coaching career in 1995 with a record of 347 wins, 173 losses and 6 ties.
    1993 – The citizens of Puerto Rico voted against becoming the 51st state.
    1994 - Bill Gates paid $30.8 million for a sixteenth-century Leonardo da Vinci manuscript, which depicted the motion of water and the principles of the steam engine. Gates' bid tripled the existing price for similar items. Beating out Italian bidders who had pledged to bring the treasure back to its home in Italy, Gates promised to leave the manuscript on public display at least fifty percent of the time. The manuscript, last sold to the Armand Hammer Museum of Art and Cultural Center, had fetched a mere $5.6 million in 1980.
    1995 - A budget standoff in Congress forces the federal government to temporarily close national parks and museums and to run most government offices with skeleton staffs.
    2001 - For the second time in his career, Seattle skipper Lou Piniella is named the American League Manager of the Year. 'Sweet Lou', the only person to appear on every ballot, guided to the Mariners to an historical 116 victories which tied 1906 Cubs as the winningest team in Major League history. 
    2002 - Nancy Pelosi became the first woman to lead a party.  She is the only woman to have served as the House Speaker and to date is the highest-ranking female politician in American history.
    2008 – The first G-20 summit opens in Washington, DC.
    2011 - Dozens of people are arrested as riot police shut down Occupy Portland and Occupy Oakland Rallies, offshoots of the Occupy Wall Street movement.



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